It takes great skill, superior training, a quality education, creativity, and an eye for detail to succeed as a business and technology executive today. Shaygan Kheradpir has all these things and more. This international man not only has electrical engineering degrees on the bachelors, masters and PhD level from Cornell University, he also has a knack for problem solving and excellent people skills. This combination has enabled him to do exceptionally well on the highest levels of business and make valuable contributions to companies like Verizon, Barclays, and Juniper Networks.
Shaygan Kheradpir on arnnet experienced quite a few different cultures. He was born in London, England, spent several years in Iran, attended a Swiss high school, and went to college in the United States. All of this has helped to give him a perspective on the world few people can match. But it is his seeming natural aptitude for technology and business that has allowed him to make significant contributions to companies like Verizon, Barclays, and Juniper Networks and make his name as an incredible business and technology executive.
When he started his professional career with Verizon, Kheradpir had an almost immediate impact. His work in network control, routing, and management led Verizon to quickly promote him to Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer. In that position he was able to guide 7,000 workers in the development of Verizon One, Iobi, and several other new products. He also broke them down into teams which enabled them to more efficiently provide support for Verizon’s IT systems, modify new technologies, and deploy the company’s FiOS system. In his 11 years at Verizon Kheradpir is also credited with negotiating with vendors to reduce the company’s spending on technology by more than 25%, improving IT asset utilization, and outsourcing many contract programming positions to India.
Shaygan Kheradpir left Verizon to become the Chief Operating Officer of Barclays, the global business and retail bank. He remained with Barclays from 2011 to 2013. During that time Kheradpir helped to develop the company’s Transform program and Pingit mobile money system. The company was so impressed with his work, they gave him the additional title of Chief Technology Officer and made him a member of the Barclays executive time. He was the first technology executive to ever hold such a position with the company.
January 2014 saw Shaygan Kheradpir starting a new job. He was hired as CEO of Juniper Networks. Kheradpir hit the ground running. He quickly assessed the company’s situation and identified lingering problems that had been hampering their productivity and growth. To solve those problems he created an Integrated Operating Plan. The plan called for the buying back of stock, reducing expenses, and increasing the size of investors’ dividends. Nine months later with the company back on track, Kheradpir left to become CEO of Coriant.
Aside from his work in business and technology, Kheradpir is a member of the engineer council of Cornell University and was on the YMCA of Greater New York’s advisory board.